Jonathan Van Ness Meets with Nancy Pelosi to Discuss the Equality Act

Jonathan Van Ness is known for advocating for what he believes in. Just days after revealing he is HIV positive, Van Ness officially endorsed Elizabeth Warren’s presidential run. Recently, Van Ness took his advocacy a step further and met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to discuss the Equality Act.

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Jonathan Van Ness posted about meeting Nancy Pelosi on his Instagram

Van Ness uploaded multiple Instagram posts about his official visit to Washington D.C. In the first post, Van Ness revealed he met with Speaker Pelosi and Representative Robin Kelly to talk about the Equality Act and living with HIV. They also discussed access to PrEP, which means Pre-exposure prophylaxis. PrEP is a daily preventative medication for HIV negative people with a high risk for HIV.

Van Ness then shared a post on Instagram urging citizens to help the Equality Act pass.

“‘We have to pass the Equality Act’ @speakerpelosi said to me. I said, with Mitch McConnell how?? Speaker Pelosi said, (I’m paraphrasing here) the voters in states with Republican Senators MUST put pressure on their Senators to force McConnell to bring the #equalityact up to vote,” Van Ness wrote in the post.

He continued, “The Equality Act is exactly the legislation that would protect LGBTQ people from the discrimination we would face if the Supreme Court rules in favor of the Trump Administration and Justice Department petition to be able to allow employers to FIRE LGBTQ people based on sexual orientation and gender identity. If you consider yourself an ALLY and live in a state with a Republican Senator I IMPLORE you to call, email, and mail their office and ask them to VOTE on the Equality Act. @humanrightscampaign.”

Jonathan Van Ness shared a more personal post about the visit

The third Instagram post Van Ness shared was more personal. In the post, Van Ness and Speaker Pelosi held hands as they looked out over Washington D.C. Van Ness shared how much it meant to him that Pelosi took time to talk to him about living with HIV.

“Let me tell you something, this moment yesterday changed my life. Speaker Pelosi @speakerpelosi in the midst of the most important constitutional oversights of our lifetimes… took a moment to talk to me about living with HIV/AIDS…,” he wrote in the post.

Van Ness then used the post to encourage citizens to help pass the Equality Act.

“… We MUST PASS the EQUALITY ACT!If the Supreme Court rules in favor the Trump Admin landlords could kick out tenants or deny apartments because they don’t agree with your gayness or gender expression. You could be fired for the same reasons or denied financial assistance —Wake up people!! Call your Senators October 8th is coming…,” he wrote.

The ‘Queer Eye’ star revealed he is HIV positive in his memoir

Van Ness’ memoir Over the Top came out on Sept. 24, 2019. Before the memoir’s release, Van Ness was interviewed by The New York Times. In the interview, Van Ness shared how apprehensive he was about sharing personal details about his life.

“It’s hard for me to be as open as I want to be when there are certain things I haven’t shared publicly,” he said.

Even though Van Ness felt apprehensive, he still felt like it was important for him to share his diagnosis.

“I do feel the need to talk about this,” he said.